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Chelsea Clinton Comes To Defense Of Kellyanne Conway

| by Kathryn Schroeder

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, came to the defense of Kellyanne Conway after a Democratic legislator made a lewd joke about the counselor to President Donald Trump.

At a fundraiser dinner with the Washington Press Club Foundation, Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana referred to the photo of Conway kneeling on a couch in the Oval Office, according to Mashable, with the following remark:

"You even mentioned Kellyanne and the picture on the sofa. But I really just want to know what was going on there, because, I won't tell anybody. And you can just explain to me that -- that circumstance, because she really looked kind of familiar there in that position there. But don't answer. And I don't want you to refer back to the '90s."

Clinton took to Twitter to express how Richmond's comment upset her, and demand he apologize to Conway.

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"Despicable. I hope [Kellyanne Conway] receives the apology she deserves-certainly never thought I'd write that & I mean every word," she wrote.

Conway responded kindly, tweeting, "Thank you, [Chelsea Clinton]. As strong women, as moms to Charlottes...appreciate you speaking out on this."

Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana is also calling on Richmond to issue an apology.

"Governor Edwards thinks Congressman Richmond should apologize. The governor did not find the congressman's comments funny or appropriate," a statement from his office read.

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Richmond did issue a statement of his own in an attempt to clarify his comments, WAFB reports.

"Since some people have interpreted my joke to mean something that it didn't, I think it is important to clarify what I meant. Where I grew up, saying that someone is looking or acting 'familiar' simply means that they are behaving too comfortable," he said.

Richmond is the leader of the Congressional Black Caucus and Lousiana's GOP head, Roger Villere, is now questioning his character.

"We just think it was out of bounds, out of line, and over the top," he said. "I thought it was completely inappropriate and unnecessary and I thought it was really small of Cedric to do that. I thought he was a better person than that."

GOP Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel also attacked Richmond.

"[Rep. Richmond], you may think this is funny, but it's not. It's disgusting & offensive. A snarky joke for you is just a reminder of the demeaning comments women hear every single day. And trust me, it happens to all women. Don't clarify...apologize. I'd suggest using Women's History Month to lift us up instead of knocking us down," she said in a series of tweets.

Sources: Mashable, Chelsea Clinton/Twitter, WAFB, Ronna Romney McDaniel/Twitter (2) (3) / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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